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HRC Delegation Visited Laos and Indonesia for Enhancing Cooperation with ASEAN

---From Nov. 29 to Dec. 6, 2017, a delegation of 4 persons headed by Dr. Xu Jincai, Director General of HRC, visited Laos and Indonesia for enhancing cooperation with ASEAN.

In Laos, HRC delegation paid a visit to Dr. Sommad PHOLSENA, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and Dr. Sinava SOUPHANOUVONG, Vice Minister of Energy and Mines. Also the delegation had an intensive exchange for future cooperation with Mr. Saysana SITTHIPHONE, Director of Chief Cabinet of Lao-China Cooperation Commission and Mr. Chantho MILATTANAPHENG, Acting Director General of Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion (IREP). During the stay in Laos, the delegation visited Mr. Wang Qihui, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of Chinese Embassy to the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. The delegation introduced HRC's efforts and contributions to the "Belt and Road Initiative" and the related cooperation in Laos in the field of water resource management, environment assessment, hydropower development and dam safety management, etc.

In Indonesia, HRC delegation paid a visit to Dr. Sanjayan VELAUTHAM, Director of ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE), and had an in-depth discussion and reached consensus on building-up of "China-ASEAN Technology Transfer and Training Center for Clean Energy and Rural Electrification".

Besides, HRC discussed with PLN Indonesia the joint research and personnel training plan for the hybrid power generation technology with use of clean energy on islands, and a MOU was signed. HRC delegation met with Brawijaya University,Indonesia to discuss the cooperation on hybrid power generation technology for seawater desalination. In addition, personnel training and education programs were also touched upon between HRC and PLN Corporate University. The delegation then visited Mr. Tan Shufu, the Economic and Commercial Counselor of Chinese Mission to ASEAN, and introduced the cooperation with ASEAN countries and the future work plan. Mr. Tan expressed his strong support for HRC to conduct personnel training, joint research and technical demonstration in cooperation with ACE. In addition, the delegation paid a visit to Mr. Xie Chengsuo, Head of Science and Technology Section of Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, and reported the cooperation activities of HRC with Indonesian side.

HRC has long been a good partner to ASEAN countries, and has hosted with success more than 60 training courses, seminars and workshops in renewable energy development and rural electrification with more than 300 participants from ASEAN countries. HRC has also completed engineering design, consultation, E/M equipment supply for lots of projects in ASEAN countries including Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, etc.

ASEAN is now one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economic regions in the world. The region is projected to grow by at least 4% per year on average over the next five years, but could be 6%-provided ASEAN moves towards greater integration. To fuel this growth, the demand in primary energy is expected to grow by an average of 4.7% per year from 2013 to reach 1,685 Mtoe (million ton of oil equivalent) in 2035, according to the ACE's 4th ASEAN Energy Outlook (AEO4). Against this backdrop, the theme of the new ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016-2025 as "Enhancing Energy Connectivity and Market Integration in ASEAN to Achieve Energy Security, Accessibility, Affordability, and Sustainability for All" was endorsed. The key initiative under this APAEC include strategies to achieve higher aspirational targets to improve energy efficiency and increase the uptake of renewable energy (RE) sources. The component of renewable energy is expected to increase to 23% by 2025 in ASEAN Energy Mix. Plans to broaden and deepen collaboration with international organizations will be stepped up to benefit from their expertise and enhance capacity building in the region. So, it is believed that the cooperation between ASEAN countries and HRC will be intensified and boosted in the near future in the field of energy which serves the common interest and addresses the common challenges of both sides. (2017-12-12)

A visit to Dr. Sinava SOUPHANOUVONG, Vice Minister of Energy and Mines of Laos

A visit to Dr. Sommad PHOLSENA, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Laos

A visit to Dr. Sanjayan VELAUTHAM, Director of ACE

A visit to PLN Corporate University, Indonesia



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